No.6 men’s hockey scores late to win, 4-4, tied against Michigan
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pennsylvania – Junior Evan barratt (Bristol, Pa) scored twice while adding an assist as the Penn State No.6 drew 4-4 against Michigan in Big Ten Conference action on Saturday night at the Pegula Ice Arena. The Wolverines got the extra conference point during the 3-on-3 overtime.
The Nittany Lions jump to 16-7-1 overall and 8-5-1-0 in the conference game after the draw while Michigan gets 5 of 6 conference points on the weekend in winning the series of the season and now sits at 10-11-3 on the year and 5-7-2-1 in Big Ten action.
HOW DID IT HAPPEN
- Penn State opened the scoring as a senior Liam folkes (Scarborough, Ont.) Snatched a puck from the back of the net on a 5-on-3 power play after it bounced off the junior’s back Alex Limoges (Winchester, Virginia) for the 1-0 advantage at 6:55 of the first period.
- The Nittany Lions extended their lead to 2-0 as a senior Nate Sucese (Fairport, NY) bounced back from a classmate that of Kris Myllari (Kanata, Ont.) Initial shot was stopped at 5:08 of the second period.
- Michigan erased the deficit with back-to-back goals as Nolan Moyle slipped one by the PSU sophomore goaltender Oskar Auto (Espoo, Finland) at 6:34 before Nick Granowicz redirected a shot from Will Lockwood into the back of the net at 10:16 for the score 2-2.
- Barratt returned the lead to Penn State as he redirected Myllari’s offer from the point, then blocked his own rebound past Michigan goalie Strauss Mann’s taut cushion for the 3-2 advantage at 4:59 p.m. the second period.
- The Wolverines equalized again as Jacob Hayhurst fired a shot over Auto’s glove from the lunge for 3-3 at 6:15 of the third period.
- Michigan then took a 4-3 lead as Granowicz hit a rebounding puck in front of the crease at 9:53 of the third period.
- Opting for the extra forward, Penn State shot the goalie and capitalized as Barratt managed to reclaim his own rebound in the low lunge and beat the puck past Mann for the score of 4-4 at 6:38 pm of the third period.
- Both teams had chances in the initial overtime at 5-5, but neither could find the back of the net and the game officially ended in a tie.
- Towards the end of a 3v3 roundtrip overtime, Michigan caught up to Penn State in a change and Garrett Van Wyhe took the turn over Autio’s right shoulder to get the extra Big Ten point. with just 11.1 seconds to play.
- Autio moved to 2-1-1 that year with the tie after stopping a career-high 40 shots.
- Atio’s 19 first-period saves are also a new career high in a single period, while his 167:09 straight scoreless streak on record is a new Penn State record.
- Mann had 45 saves to advance to 10-10-3 that year.
GADOWSKI AFTER GAME
Obviously a much better effort, we played a lot more like us, we played a lot more like we expected. But after what we did yesterday at the end I don’t know if we deserve to get more than this point tonight because of how we started the weekend. The good thing is it was a much better effort.
Q: Goalies, referees and rebounds are all part of hockey, how much of that goes into the process of evaluating what you get out of tonight’s game?
A: I agree, the other part that I believe in is that the hockey gods play it a bit too. We were very disappointed with the things we can control, especially how we faced each other yesterday, and I think in a weekend it’s a tough equation. I’m really happy that we played better, played a lot, a lot better, but at the end of the day for those four factors I’m not sure we deserved more than we got.
Q: How does the team feel about a tie for results?
A: It’s interesting because there are two races at the moment, there is the Big Ten ranking and there are the national races. When you lose a goal minutes to go, that tie is really good from a national perspective. Obviously we would like to have another point in the ranking of the Big Ten, which are very important. But, when we started like we did yesterday, I thought we were playing a lot harder tonight, we weren’t sure we were going to get anything out of it, so in that sense it’s a very tie. positive.
Q: Was there a reason for Evan barratt seeming more engaged tonight?
A: One of the things that I think we were really disappointed with last night is just the level of competition for each other, and just our overall level of competition. Evan is a guy who is an extremely emotional player, both positively and negatively, but his emotion, positive or negative, is something that we feed off of. I thought he had competed extremely hard and was rewarded for it. A lot of times leaders like that are, that’s not what you’re trying to be, you’re just, and he is, he’s really an emotional leader for us and I thought that has. played a big role tonight.
Q: What is behind the 3v3 overtime combinations?
A: They weren’t decided until the start of the season, we actually tinkered with other things, it didn’t work out very well. It was more of an idea of what was going on in the game and the performance of the guys. It was obviously a good goal in the end, Barratt and Limo were in place and we tried to keep them together. Denis and Folkes have been pretty good 3v3 in the past, and we thought Aarne and Nate were playing really well. With defensemen, 3 on 3, you want great defensemen in skating, and the three guys you saw were.
Q: Every combination of lines you started with today was different than yesterday, is there an over-correction issue?
A: Absolutely yes, and that’s not normal for us. Yesterday, it was as if we had to grab a little bit, it wasn’t very happy. We felt it was very necessary, it doesn’t do us any good, it’s kind of like you’re hoping for a magic pill. There is a lot more effort overall and play for each other, but just because we put in a combination of lines doesn’t mean it isn’t. They made the decision to play each other much better tonight than they did last night.
- Penn State had the slim 49-44 advantage in shots while going 1-to-4 on the power play and 5-to-5 on the penalty kill.
- Myllari and Limoges both added a pair of assists to win their second and sixth multi-point games of the season and the ninth and 25th of their careers, respectively.
- With his two assists on the night, Myllari tied with Luke Juha ’16 for second on Penn State’s all-time scoring list for defensemen.
- With a pair of goals and an assist, Barratt got his seventh multi-point effort this season and the 24th of his career. It is also his first multi-goal game this season and the fifth of his career.
- The tie marks the first between Penn State and Michigan in 31 all-time games, the Wolverines leading the series 17-13-1 at the end of the weekend.
- Penn State fell to 13-1-1 that year scoring the first as it marked the first time this season that the Nittany Lions have relinquished a lead early in the third period after winning all 12 previous games.
- The attendance of 6,278 spectators on Saturday night marks the third largest crowd in Pegula Ice Arena history.
Penn State travels to East Lansing to face Michigan State in a clash between the Big Ten’s top two teams next Friday and Saturday night.
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